Retrieving timestamp value from MySQL database returns current date

When retrieving “timestamp” value from MySQL table, my php file always returns the current date, not the timestamp date in which the row was added to MySQL table.

I know for sure that timestamp works right when adding new rows in MySQL, I´ve checked phpMyAdmin and values are right. But when I ask to retrieve them using php, all the entries are returned as current date, showing the date in which I´m asking MySQL to return the data, not the original timestamp value.

My timestamp attributes in MySQL are the following ones:

name: fecha / type: TIMESTAMP / null: FALSE / default value: CURRENT_TIMESTAMP

I´m using the following code to retrieve the timestamp values (I had to create a few variables to translate the English timestamp to Spanish):

    $query = mysql_query ("SELECT * FROM news;");

    while ($row = mysql_fetch_array ($query)){
            $row_date = strtotime ($row["fecha"]);
            date ("F j, Y", $row_date);
            $dias = array("Domingo","Lunes","Martes","Miercoles","Jueves","Viernes","Sábado");
            $meses = array("Enero","Febrero","Marzo","Abril","Mayo","Junio","Julio","Agosto","Septiembre","Octubre","Noviembre","Diciembre");
    echo $dias[date('w')]." ".date('d')." de ".$meses[date('n')-1]. " del ".date('Y') ;


You need to pass $row_date to every date() call.

echo date('Y', $row_date) ;